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“There have been moments of utter pleasure”

Blur have spoken about recording their shock new album ‘The Ballad Of Darren’.

The ten-track LP, was introduced earlier this week and is the band’s first since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip‘. It was produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Depeche Mode) and recorded at Studio 13 in London and Devon.

Talking in a press convention at Colchester Fortress forward of their gig on the city’s Arts Centre final night time (Might 19), all 4 members opened up in regards to the recording strategy of their ninth studio album.

“There have been moments of utter pleasure,” enthused bassist Alex James. “The brand new track we open with [‘St Charles Square’] I simply thought, ‘Oh my God, we’ve pulled it again’. I had a little bit second. I did many of the bass mendacity down on a snug couch and it made me get up, leap up and down. I type of misplaced it. It was fantastic.”

Blur press convention at Colchester Fortress CREDIT: Twitter

He continued: “The truth that all of us go off and go down our rabbit holes and are available again up once more and once we do get again collectively, we’ve all learnt one thing. As a result of it doesn’t occur fairly often it feels contemporary and particular and it’s nearly like that proper from our first rehearsal. There’s all the time been one thing very particular about once we play collectively. It’s there proper from the get go. I really feel fulfilled and blessed.”

The band began recording classes in January and accomplished the LP simply three weeks in the past, in accordance with Damon Albarn.

The frontman revealed that he wrote demos for the album in resort rooms on the final Gorillaz tour.

“I recorded in a whole lot of convention rooms however I did even have a beautiful second in Montreal. Reverse my [hotel] room was this improbable mural of Leonard Cohen,” Albarn mentioned. “I simply didn’t give it some thought, I wrote from the center. Once I acquired again we simply began and we crashed into the studio in January.”

He added: “I believe essentially the most superb factor is we managed to jot down a file, rehearse it and put a tune out two weeks after ending it. After which put an album out so near the entire thing. That’s how I type of dreamt it ought to all the time be. Typically I’ve to attend years. Clearly throughout Covid there was unmitigating circumstances and realities making it very troublesome, however it’s very nice to have the ability to do one thing with that condensed spontaneity for me personally.”

Albarn additionally revealed the story behind the album title, explaining that Darren is an actual individual.

“The track [‘The Ballad’] is one which he needed me to complete for 25 years. He was all the time telling me, ‘When are you gonna end that track?’ So after I completed the track it might solely have one title – ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ however then it felt just like the track isn’t actually about him though he’s referenced in it. The track is about one thing else. However for the album ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ felt like an ideal abstract of what the album is about. It’s fairly a household affair this file.”

The paintings for the album options a picture of Gourock lido in Renfrewshire by British photographer Martin Parr, with the story of the picture featured in The Guardian in 2014.

Talking in regards to the picture, drummer Dave Rowntree mentioned: “There’s fairly a bit about that picture which is about overcoming some kind of bodily scenario. There’s something in regards to the security of this lido which may get worryingly tough, which it does, and there are tales of this place the place this man would go down and train and there could be sharks washed in by the ocean.”

Blur – 'The Ballad Of Darren'

Following the press convention, the Britpop icons performed an intimate heat up set at Colchester Arts centre forward of their large Wembley double header in July.

The 2-hour set noticed the band pull from throughout their again catalogue and air two songs from their forthcoming new album.

Blur will now play Eastbourne Winter Gardens tomorrow (Might 21).

Take a look at Blur’s upcoming tour dates beneath, and go to right here for tickets and extra data.

MAY 2023
21 – EASTBOURNE, Winter Gardens
26 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic on the Halls
28 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, O2 Metropolis Corridor

JUNE 2023

1 – PRIMAVERA SOUND, Barcelona
10 – PRIMAVERA PORTO, Portgual
24 – MALAHIDE, Malahide Fortress & Gardens
30 – ROSKILDE, Denmark

JULY 2023

6 – BEAUREGARD , France
8 – LONDON, Wembley Stadium
9 – LONDON, Wembley Stadium
22 – LUCCA, Lucca Summer season Pageant, Italy


8 – OKERSE FESTEN, Belgium
9 2023 – ØYA Pageant, Norway
10-12 – WAY OUT WEST Pageant, Sweden



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